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Blaze: Swinbrook House Estate in  Oxfordshire before a blaze gutted the house built by the Mitfords

Mitford house gutted by fire after blaze breaks out in drawing room

Blaze: Swinbrook House Estate in Oxfordshire before a blaze gutted the house built by the Mitfords

Jessica Mitford, late 1930s. Though her sisters Unity and Diana were well-known British supporters of Hitler and her father was described as being "one of nature's fascists", Jessica (always known as Decca) renounced her privileged background at an early age and became an adherent of communism. She was known as the "red sheep" of the family.

Jessica Mitford, late 1930s. Though her sisters Unity and Diana were well-known British supporters of Hitler and her father was described as being "one of nature's fascists", Jessica (always known as Decca) renounced her privileged background at an early age and became an adherent of communism. She was known as the "red sheep" of the family.

Pamela (1907-1994): Known as the 'quiet one', Pam was overshadowed by Nancy in childhood. She was more shy and private than the rest of the family, but was close to all her sisters - she looked after Nancy when she was dying of cancer and cared for Diana's children when their mother was in prison. The poet John Betjeman fell in love with her and regarded her as one of his muses – one of his most famous poems is about her - but she did not feel the same and married a brilliant scientist. Pam…

Pamela (1907-1994): Known as the 'quiet one', Pam was overshadowed by Nancy in childhood. She was more shy and private than the rest of the family, but was close to all her sisters - she looked after Nancy when she was dying of cancer and cared for Diana's children when their mother was in prison. The poet John Betjeman fell in love with her and regarded her as one of his muses – one of his most famous poems is about her - but she did not feel the same and married a brilliant scientist. Pam…

Diana Mosley (1910-2003)  (nee Mitford) (right), and her sister Unity pictured in Germany. Picture from  book: Diana Mosley by Anne de Coucy. Source: News Limited   Diana was a great beauty whose second husband was Sir Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists which supported Hitler’s Nazis while rejecting a German invasion. The 1936 wedding was held at the home of Joseph Goebbels (Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda), with Hitler himself a guest of honour

Diana Mosley (1910-2003) (nee Mitford) (right), and her sister Unity pictured in Germany. Picture from book: Diana Mosley by Anne de Coucy. Source: News Limited Diana was a great beauty whose second husband was Sir Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists which supported Hitler’s Nazis while rejecting a German invasion. The 1936 wedding was held at the home of Joseph Goebbels (Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda), with Hitler himself a guest of honour

Did Adolf Hitler have an affair with an aristocratic English girl? And did she - Unity Mitford - give birth to his child in England during the Second World War? Read about their unusual relationship.

Hitler and Unity Mitford's Illegitimate Child

Did Adolf Hitler have an affair with an aristocratic English girl? And did she - Unity Mitford - give birth to his child in England during the Second World War? Read about their unusual relationship.

Download this stock image: 1940 Front Page Unity Mitford arrives in Folkestone on her return from Germany - EMPAAE from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, illustrations and vectors.

Download this stock image: 1940 Front Page Unity Mitford arrives in Folkestone on her return from Germany - EMPAAE from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, illustrations and vectors.

Jessica "Decca" Mitford (1917-1996), with her husband Esmond Romilly at Roma Bar in Miami.Jessica was a socialist author, and an outcast from her family. Decca moved to Spain aged 19 during its civil war in the late 1930s. She married a cousin. She died having never reconciled with sisters who took a different path

Jessica "Decca" Mitford (1917-1996), with her husband Esmond Romilly at Roma Bar in Miami.Jessica was a socialist author, and an outcast from her family. Decca moved to Spain aged 19 during its civil war in the late 1930s. She married a cousin. She died having never reconciled with sisters who took a different path

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